Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Bomb - Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

If Guy Fieri features it on Triple D then I have to try it right?

How does this sound? A 1/2lb burger, topped with hickory bacon, cheddar cheese and onion strings... Sounds like an instant classic right? What if the burger is then wrapped in home-made pizza dough, baked and served with a horseradish ale dipping sauce... Wait, backup... wrapped in pizza dough and baked? YUP!

Well after making my way through the sampler menu this burger was a no brainer.



I have to say, first bite was hot, temperature, not flavor. So it took me a minute to really dive in... But when i did. I was really surprised. This was just as advertised! The bomb! They don't fake you out with some make shift frozen dough. This was legit pizza dough wrapped around the burger. Even baked, the burger was not overdone. Bacon stayed crispy and the dipping sauce was contagious! I couldn't get enough... A bit greasy but overall really good!







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Burger Beast Museum

First things first... Congrats to my buddy and fellow food blogger BURGER BEAST on reaching 20K Instagram followers. That being said, he decided to host a contest for those followers to get an exclusive tour of his personal collection, now turned Burger Beast Burger Museum. Each contest winner received a goodie bag with gift cards from local Cuban Guys, Pincho Factory & Food Truck invasion. Of course an "I visited the Burger Beast Burger Museum" button & Burger Beast cooking apron. Also, everyone was treated to burgers from South Beachs' own Cheeseburger Baby truck & HipPops gelato bars, Sixpoint beers & a few croquettas from Palomilla Grill.

Stepping inside really gives you a sense of dedication Sef has had all his life. This passion for burgers runs deep. From the classic uniforms to the original drive thru signs, matchbooks, coffee mugs & posters, this has great potential to become an iconic landmark for food lovers.

The memorabilia really took me back... One of my earliest memories is actually a birthday party I had at Burgers King... and we had to stack Whopper boxes as high as we could for a game. Yeah, simpler times, lol. Not only that, who can forget running around the McDonaldsland playgrounds and jumping all over the giant bobble mascots... Well Burger Beast has Mayor McCheese in his office! Amazing!!!

I'll let the photos take you back, just like it did for me... Enjoy!




















Friday, July 17, 2015

Publix Apron's Cooking Demo

#ShareYourLeftovers

Let me start by saying... "I am not a chef, lol. I just love burgers and blog about them." This was my opinion line to over 40 guests who joins us at Publix Aprons Cooking School for a "Social Burger Experience" cooking demo in Boca Raton on July 16th, 2015. The demo really was a celebration of my love for burgers and bringing strangers into my world and love for meat.

We began the demo with 2 sliders: 100% Chuck vs a blend of Chuck/Brisket/Sirloin. Simply served on a potato roll. I wanted to highlight the difference between grabbing a pack of chuck, like 90% of consumers might buy at Publix when making burgers against the non traditional blend of meat. I never used a Kitchen Aid mixer with a grinder attachment before so even for me this was a first. As we served the burgers I got a good sense of the guests likes and dislikes. This is why blogging about burgers is so much fun... everyone tastes buds are different. The room was a solid 70/30 spit in favor of the blended burger but the ones who loved the chuck made very solid arguments why they liked it better. Who am I to argue...



Moving in between courses, i decided to serve a Pickle Palette Cleanser - fried pickles. Simple mixture of ingredients and fried right in the kitchen and served with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce.


For the main course, I was a honored to have head chef and owner of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room in Boca. Recently off his win at the Boca Burger Battle (see winning burger below) with his Dr. Jelly Finger burger chef George Patti went over his fresh ingredients and process of building the winning burger along with house-made mango ketchup. Being able to share the kitchen with such an accomplished chef was a treat. Being able to log about burger is one thing but being able to cook with the chefs who's burgers I love to eat is another. Even teaching the demo, I was able to still learn few things. Again, I am not a professional chef, lol.




I need to also highlight a few friends that passed through: Sef aka - Burger Beast and Chef Michell of Latin House & Grill in Miami made the drive up to hang out during the demo.



Hopefully Publix will invite me back again sometime soon for another demo. This sold out class was fun, laid back and full of meaty laughter. I need to thank the entire Publix Aprons staff for their pre work dedication to making sure the demo went off smooth. Which it did. Thank you!